A group of doctor practices has united to develop a way the CMS can contract with practices to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Not everyone is on board, as some clinicians fear it could lead to rationing of care.
The CMS wants hospitals to post how much they charge patients for services and, separately, will overhaul the meaningful use program to give providers incentives for interoperability.
The CMS wants to launch a new model that will allow Medicare enrollees to contract directly with physicians. Advocates warn the approach could undermine access to care for the sickest patients.
The American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine have developed a new way to reimburse physicians who treat patients for opioid use disorder.
A CMS initiative encouraging states to develop alternative pay models has failed to make a dent in health expenditures, partly due to private insurers' lack of interest in the programs, according to a new analysis.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission wants Congress to scrap the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System for physicians, better known as MIPS, and replace it with a voluntary program. They want to ditch one before it's even been tried.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers are banding together to create the Healthcare Innovation Caucus, promising legislation to support the move to value-based care.
Govs. John Kasich and John Hickenlooper returned to Washington to advocate for a bipartisan approach to lowering healthcare costs.
An influential policy organization that advises Congress on Medicare issues has voted to repeal and replace MIPS under MACRA. Providers immediately criticized the move to end the program and what the panel wants to replace it with.
Medicare is increasingly willing to pay primary-care physicians to manage complex patients using new billing codes and demonstration projects, which a new Urban Institute report says may narrow the pay gap between primary-care physicians and specialists.
About 57% of hospitals will earn Medicare bonuses for 2018 under the Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program, new CMS data show. The results are a slight improvement from 2017.
The U.S. over the last half century has moved inexorably toward universal coverage: Medicare and Medicaid; the Children's Health Insurance Program; the ACA. It will get there one way or another.